I like having the backyard entertaining areas decorated just as if I had decorated a room. I like to think of them as an extension of the main rooms in our home, and as such, think that they should be just as comfortable.
The sunroom patio tends to stay shaded most of the day. We get the afternoon sun since it does face west, but the deck overhang provides quite a bit of shade. I wanted to create a space that was more than just an accumulation of chairs. The seating here makes for an intimate spot to have a conversation with friends. The glass topped table is a vintage find- I bought it a few years ago, along with its twin, at a going out of business sale. It received a textured paint job because its previous look was just a bit too chippy for me.
When big chunks of paint keep flaking off, I think that’s a good indication that a finish needs to be wire brushed and re-done, wouldn’t you say? I used a hypertufa container that I found at a spring barn sale to plant some succulents. I purchased the plants at Lowe’s for a song- quite a bit less expensive than the ones I saw at the nursery. Why spend $6 for something that I can have for half the price at a big box store?
I love the rustic look of these containers. There’s something about the uneven lumpiness of the concrete mixture that just says perfection! Although I found this one at a reasonable price, I really think I’ll be attempting making my own. The procedure doesn’t look to be that difficult and it will be a heckuva lot less expensive.
In the corner of the sunroom patio is this old metal laundry tub. The husband bought it a few years ago for a very inexpensive price- under $30, I believe. I used it to fashion a display using concrete urns placed on a piece of sheet moss. I seem to always have a bird in my vignettes, and this little iron bird seems right at home on the moss.
The heat has taken a toll on many of my flowers. There aren’t nearly as many blooms on this one as when I first put it together; but at least it’s still alive and green!
On the opposite end of the yard, I used several clay pot containers for some color and texture between the adirondack chairs. Most all of these plants came from Wally World or Lowes and have done really well. Of course, they get lots of care from the husband, who has taken it upon himself to be the official plant and flower water-er every morning. I think they must be hardier than the ones on the sunroom patio, because they actually look much healthier in this heat
This simply set table is ready for a quick and easy luncheon.
I used black and white bird themed plates from Tuesday Morning and placed them on some textured woven chargers.
There are two different patterns in this particular set. I opted to purchase only the luncheon plates so I could layer them on different colored dinner plates. Here, they are just placed on top of a simple white plate.
Clear acrylic flatware was placed on black napkins. Nothing fancy, at all- merely functional. The water glasses have a gradiated black tint on them and are perfect for this black/white table setting.
Told you I liked birds….. I haven’t changed up this cloche for a while; I just keep moving it around the house. It is a perfect foil for this bird themed table. An old bedspring filled with shredded sheet music makes a perfect nest for a tiny bird. The mushrooms at its base continue the nature theme.
The glass beverage container holds lemon/lime flavored water. A few sprigs of my basil plant add another fresh taste sensation.
This potting bench used to be in my laundry room because I never had a place for it before we re-did our yard. Now, it’s in the perfect spot outside the kitchen door. Usually, it’s full of dirt and my muddy gloves! The watering can is vintage from the 40’s- I finally found one in good shape. They seem to always be missing the spout! I think it was a bargain at $25. The tricycle plant holder is a $3 yard sale find.
To see more of our landscaping transformation, please click HERE. We love our new backyard oasis!
The temperatures here in southwest Ohio have cooled somewhat and we expect warm, but tolerable, temps today. My pal, Debby, is coming to Dayton to have an adventure with me today. We’ve planned a trip to Tipp City to pick up some chalk paint and do a little vintage/thrift shopping. Should be fun!